Midnight in Paris Reviews
The movie on the other hand is not that charming, the idea is fresh and the plot was entertaining but I felt like it ended suddenly.
One of Woody's most successful films of all time, this is a delight to watch. There's such a joy in seeing the lost generation get drunk every night and party in Europe. In previous films it's successful fictional people who are kvetching about their station in life, but here we have known literary geniuses grabbing life by the fat of it's belly and squeezing. Every shot feels like a Renoir painting with bursts of color. Owen Wilson doesn't initially ring as a good fit for Allen's material, but he's a natural with his own cadence with the non-sequiturs. Every line by Corey Stoll as Hemingway steals the show
The only downside of this romp is the character for Rachel McAdams. She and Michael Sheen are both very talented, and do a wonderful job of playing assholes, but they are strawman characters written only to be an irritant and never to have any depth.
In the end, I love this movie for how it makes me feel. One of the few Allen movies that let's magic defeat logic, and make us all dream of having a drink with our idols. Philosophical, magical escapism is why we go to the movies.
Best enjoyed with brie-filled croissants and Pinot Grigio.